Please welcome my guest blogger today, M. K. Graff, author of the Nora Tierney mystery series. M.K. Graff’s sophisticated literary style together with her compelling plots and cast of characters make her books impossible to put down.
Graff’s debut novel, The Blue Virgin, is set in the UK and introduces Nora, an American writer, as she involves herself in a murder investigation to clear her best friend, who has been wrongfully accused of murdering her partner.
The second Nora Tierney mystery, The Green Remains, will be published this month, and follows Nora to the Lake District where she’s awaiting two firsts: the publication of her children’s book and the birth of her child. When she stumbles across a dead body at the edge of Lake Windermere, England’s largest lake, Nora sets into motion a series of events that will have consequences for herself and those she’s come to love.
Here is a sneak peak at The Green Remains, by M.K. Graff:
The Green Remains follows Nora to Cumbria, where she’s living at Ramsey Lodge on the edge of England’s largest lake, owned by siblings Simon and Kate Ramsey. Simon is the illustrator of Nora’s books, a well-known artist in love with her. Kate has become a good friend and is engaged to local detective inspector Ian Travers.
Nora is anticipating two life-changing events: the publication of her first children’s book, and the birth of her first child. Ruminating on her decision to raise this child alone, she’s been trying to decide on a name. Then during her daily morning walk around Bowness Bay on the shore of Lake Windermere she discovers the corpse of the heir to Clarendon Hall.
Keith Clarendon is known to Nora. It was his essay contest, describing her idea for a series of children’s books about a group of fairies living on Belle Isle in the middle of the lake, that drew her to the area the previous year. Keith’s death is ruled suspicious, a probable murder, and then the unthinkable happens: Simon is implicated in the death.
Nora’s feelings for Simon are complicated. She’s carrying someone else’s child and feels she isn’t ready to commit to anyone. She’s also admitting to herself that she’s inexplicably drawn to Oxford detective Declan Barnes, whom she met in book one, The Blue Virgin.
Still, Nora feels strongly that despite a contentious relationship with the dead man over his plans for area expansion, Simon could never commit a murder.
She swings into action, albeit hampered by her advanced pregnancy. Everything will change as Nora wades into the murder investigation to discover the real killer, to the chagrin of DI Ian Travers, investigating for the Cumbria Constabulary. As the body count rises, Nora and her unborn child will face risks she could never anticipate as she tries to unearth the secrets of a murderer.
In addition to the Nora Tierney mysteries, Marni Graff is also co-author of Writing in a Changing World, a primer on selecting and being a part of a supportive writing group, as well as helpful critique techniques for many genres. She writes a weekly mystery review at www.auntiemwrites.wordpress.com. Graff’s history includes working on movie and television scripts and providing onset medical consultation through her nursing background. For seven years she conducted interviews and wrote feature articles for Mystery Scene magazine.
A member of Sisters in Crime, Graff runs the NC Writers Read program in Belhaven. She has also published poetry, and her creative nonfiction has most recently appeared in Southern Women’s Review. Her books are available at Bridle Path Press and Amazon.